Welcome Bloggers to Live to 100 and Beyond

We invite you to celebrate your favorite centenarian by submitting photos and short stories or bios. Please email to adler@ncap100s.org.

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"People have been fascinated by longevity ever since learning of Ponce de Leon’s search in Florida, five centuries ago, for the fountain of youth. In the twentieth century, the search for longevity, and the good health that makes it possible, had been enhanced by discoveries such as antibiotics and other lifesaving drugs, heroic medical interven­tions, which included organ transplants, heart pacemakers and other life-prolonging devices, the emergence of preventive medicine, and a new focus on wellness. On an individual level, people were realizing that, to an ever-increasing extent, they were able to influence life-style factors that could lead to a healthier and longer life—perhaps even a life of 100 years or more." (Opening paragraph from "Centenarians, The Bonus Years," by Lynn Peters Adler, Health Press, Santa Fe, NM, 1995)

Longevity itself is one of the greatest advances of the 20th century, adding approximately 30 years to the average life span. Now, in the 21st century, with the advent of even greater medical advances and the promise shown by stem cell and genetic breakthroughs, the chances for an even greater increase in longevity seems possible.

Active centenarians are our role models. They are helping to redefine aging in new and inspirational ways.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

More Kudos: Our Website ... Thank You!

I received an e-mail a few days ago from a woman in Connecticut who works for a nonprofit research institute that is primarily focused on childhood diseases, but has recently begun a new study of people of advanced age (not exclusively centenarians) “to unravel the secrets of their remarkable longevity,” by looking at their genes, with the goal of improving the lives of people living with genetic disorders. I am somewhat familiar with the project, and it is a noble goal. The more interest in the study of longevity the better it is for all of us.

She goes on to say: “Today I came across your website, the National Centenarian Awareness Project, for the first time and have just begun to read about your “life’s work” and devotion to your mission. What a remarkable site, informational and inspiring, the words “expert” and “advocate” are not enough to describe what you do for others.”

Link to our website: http://www.adlercentenarians.org/

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ABC Barbara Walters Special - Aging & Longevity

The ABC Barbara Walters Special on longevity aired in April of 2008. I was asked two years ago to participate in this project and it was a wonderful, exhilarating experience. It was both an honor and a privilege to work with Ms. Walters and the talented and caring team of professionals on her staff. I invite you to read the "Behind the Scene" story on our website. Here's the link: http://www.adlercentenarians.org/ABCWalters_special.htm
Posts & comments about the special and the participating centenarians follow. Please scroll down.